Breakfast Table Clean-up Makes an Impact
2007, OWCA has been doing stream clean-ups at the Devils’s Breakfast Table, a
popular swimming hole and picnic area on Daddys Creek within the Catoosa
Wildlife Management Area. Each year has
seen a reduction in the amount of trash found.
It appears that people are less likely to leave trash where they don’t
see any. This year, on July 12th, we fit
all the trash in just three large garbage bags.
Thanks to Doug Brown, Pete Peterson, Tom Cox, Charles Lusso, Denise and
Roy Aquista who along with OWCA Executive Director Dennis Gregg made quick work
of the clean up this year.
New Trail at
Meadow Park Lake a Hit
Carol Graska, Mary
Lou and Matt Matteson, Margaret Haun, Tom Cox, Wayne Russell, Ed LeGrand,
Dennis Gregg and June Zettelmeyer explored the new loop trail at Meadow Park
Lake on July 17th. The trail
begins at a parking lot on the left side of the road before the water treatment
plant and heads across a narrow field before entering a forested area and then
descending to a cove of the lake. It
then follows the shoreline around a second small cove before heading back up
hill to complete the loop. The naturalists
in the group were impressed with the diversity of plants encountered, from the
meadow wildflowers to the mountain laurel and azaleas, to the shagbark
hickories and a diversity of oaks. A
real treat was seeing a number of very large Spice Bushes, which occur in
Cumberland County but are uncommon.
Staff Member Angela with a Snapping Turtle in Centennial Park.
topped all expectations! Not only were
we blessed with perfect weather in the low 80's with a cooling breeze, but
attendance doubled over last year. See
below for more details. For many, August
now marks the beginning of the school year and that signals that it’s time to return to the regular routine
of work. OWCA will be getting back to
work itself with two small projects and one large one, as well as providing
opportunities for learning to the community.
We’ve also begun planning for our Annual Meeting in October and our
annual Run for Clean Water, also in October this year on October 18th
at Cumberland Mountain State Park. More
details on both of these will be coming soon.
While we can’t guarantee that the weather won’t turn hot in August, we
can guarantee that OWCA is on the move.
Come join us!
A great time was had by all at this
year’s WaterFest on July 26th.
Close to 1,000 people attended, with 226 getting into canoes, kayaks, an
sit-on-tops, and 241 taking pontoon tours of the lake. UT’s Concrete Canoe Team demonstrated their
two crafts, made of concrete so full of air that it floats. Another family brought their home-made boats made of plywood. There were lots of friends and family that
came to watch their children go out on the water, folks that just came to look
around or to bring their children to the children’s activities, or who came to
eat and listen to the music. Because
people came and left, it was impossible to get a complete and accurate count,
but the parking area created for the event was full!
It was a
tremendous effort by lots of volunteers and many partner organizations. The City of Crossville hosted the event and
made Meadow Park Lake available as well as its pontoon (with Marlene Potter as
captain), canoes, and kayak, the parking shuttle, providing police and handling
advertising and promotion, and arranging for free kettle corn and ice
cream. Middle Tennessee Natural Gas’s
Hometown Help and VEC’s Community Shares provided financial support for the event, along with Manchester Tank. The Stones River Watershed Association
brought a trailer full of boats and helped throughout the day. Wade Davenport and Leisure Craft lent a
pontoon boat and Vernon Potter volunteered as captain. The Cumberland County Rescue Squad did a
great job on the water providing assistance to folks that fell out of their
boats. Veolia and its local manager,
Clark Annis, provided the food concession and sold out. Cumberland Mountain State Park brought their
live demonstration animals, Cumberland Habitat Conservation Plan and Wear-it
Tennessee (promoting the use of life jackets) had great informational
booths. Portable toilets were provided
by Tommy’s Port-a-Potty. The Westel
Baptist Church lent us their grill for the food and Meridian Baptist Church
lent us tables for the children’s program. The sound stage was provided by Thom
Hassler and Winkie Cagle, and there were great performances by the Emory Bluff
Bank, Steep Creek, and Carrie Hassler.
Lowes, Scott Profitt Landscaping, Landscape Solutions, Cumberland
Medical Center, Walmart, Flowers Bakery, and Kroger provided goods and
materials for the event.
The key to the event’s success was the volunteers. Assisting with the water activities were
Dennis Gregg, Randle Branch, Brad Fox, Kevin Fox, Merry Anderson, Matt
Matteson, Annell Fields, and Denise and Ray Aquista.
The children’s activities were headed up by
Melissa Brown, who was assisted by Jennifer & Malakia Wilbanks, Geoff Luckett, Maria Isham,
Mary Lou Matteson, Rebecca & John
Walz, Ralph and Sue Kivitt and the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee – Bella
Farris, Payton Farris, Jocelyn Lee, Madeline Lee, Tesla Campbell, Noelle Wilson
along with their two leaders, Jana Farris and Amy Lee. Ed LeGrand conducted a nature hike. The Boy
Scouts of Troop 174 - Jake VanTrump, Jeremy Mills, Haley Fuentes, Colton
Koinig, Vaughn Templeton along with their leader Toni Starling helped with
parking cars and handling the life jackets.
Nicki Fox and Teresa Annis assisted Clark Annis with the food. Overall management of Waterfest was directed
by June Zettelmeyer. Bill Morgan ran the
OWCA booth. Scott Collie assisted in
setup of the event and with logistics and Cindy Cardwell and Jennifer Howard
provided support to June during the event.
Thank you to
everyone who participated in making this year’s event the best ever!
A large album of photos from the event are posted at the Crossville Chronicle website: http://crossvillechronicle.zenfolio.com/p3591515